Caption: The national under-15 football team celebrate their first ever victory at the AFF Under-15 Championship. Picture: Courtesy of NFABD
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE national Under-15 football team created history after they registered their first ever win in the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Under-15 Championship with a 2-0 victory over Cambodia in Group B last night.
Mohd Addy Zaky and Mohd Zainul Ariffin both scored for the national junior side in the second half to seal the win at the Chonburi IPE Campus Stadium in Thailand.
It was a very proud moment for head coach Stephen Ng Heng Seng as Brunei have never recorded a victory in each of their last five appearances in the tournament since 2002.
"Our boys stayed very disciplined today, working together as a group with good defensively block shaping and cuting off the Cambodia short passing game in midfield," said Ng after the match.
"Our two goals were scored from a well rehearsed attacking corner kick and free kick.
"Congrats to all the boys and coaches for their hard work in securing this precious win," he added.
Despite the triumph, Brunei are already out of contention for a semi-finals berth as they are on four points with only a game left to play - against the Philippines tomorrow.
Vietnam have already secured passage into the next round with 12 points while Malaysia are on nine points.
The loss dented Cambodia’s chances of making it into the last-four as they are a further three points behind.
Brunei started their campaign on Monday with a goalless draw with Timor Leste before losing 1-0 to Vietnam on Wednesday and fell 3-0 to Malaysia on Friday.